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Eaton Lattman, George DeTitta, Walter Pangborn, Douglas Berthiaume

The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute announced last week the appointment of Eaton Lattman as its CEO and executive director, effective July 1.
Lattman is currently dean of research and graduate education in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University. He had been editor of the journal Proteins for more than 15 years.
Lattman replaces George DeTitta, who will return full-time to his lab at the institute. DeTitta is the principal investigator for a project aimed at refining steps in the protein structure determination pipeline as part of the Protein Structure Initiative of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. HWI is one of 10 PSI centers.
Walter Pangborn will lead HWI during the interim.

Waters President, Chairman, and CEO Douglas Berthiaume’s total compensation in 2007 shrunk by 15 percent, compared to 2006, according to a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week.
In 2007, Berthiaume made $3,808,274, down from $4,475,889. While his base salary rose to $700,000 in 2007 from $650,000 in 2006, the amount he received in option awards fell 33 percent to $1,373,100 last year from $2,041,401 the year before.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.